Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween '15

Bittersweet because for all of the successes and joys, felt many of the props were pretty solid, going back home...the seemingly never ending knee issue gripped me at the worst possible time.

The witches that were to be the centerpiece of the whole thing were deemed too gory, so they were omitted completely, the planned layout was basically ignored and amended when half of my fence was ripped apart by high winds the day before. So basically we had some fence and an entryway and a corridor of props leading to a very brightly lit front door.

Lots of compliments, lots of inquiries, loads...of regret and yet 200-250 kids strolled through and every one, even the teens, seemed impressed. "Best in town", thrown around repeatedly "you win Halloween", etc. Thanks to my wife, daughter and especially my son, who basically put it up while I gimped around thinking the end was near...next year will be better.

Nonetheless, Ragged Grin '15, Lake City, PA

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

for old times sake
Something I started the day Wes died...

Thank you,  Wes Craven

As a kid I was in to all kinds of horror movies and Halloween, not surprisingly, my favorite holiday...far and away. I loved Lugosi, Lee, Karloff, Chaney...all the bigs and graduated to Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees as I entered my teens. My favorite however, was Fred Krueger. I think it's safe to say I'd drawn Freddy at least 10000, that's 4 zero's, ten thousand times before I left home for the army. Some kids have Mickey Mouse, I had Fred Krueger and I don't see an issue with that.

There was something limitless and fantastical about this creepy looking, burnt up old guy in a christmas sweater slicing up teenagers. He was frightening and not much frightened me, I enjoyed the adrenaline surge I suppose. Fred was unsettling and mysterious, I don't believe we ever got his best version, but with Wes gone, I kind of hope they let the character rest. Wes created some of the greatest horror the genre has ever seen and probably my favorite character ever in film history.

Somewhere, in my parents home, is a box full of versions of this mysterious, creepy, Wes Craven created boogeyman, here are some by other artists.